Theater Five was ABC's attempt to revive radio drama during the early 1960s. The series name was derived from its time slot, 5:00 PM.
Running Monday through Friday, it was an anthology of short stories, each about 20 minutes long. News programs and commercials filled out the full 30 minutes.
There was a good bit of science fiction and some of the plots seem to have been taken from the daily newspaper.
Fred Foy, of The Lone Ranger fame, was an ABC staff announcer in the early 60s, who, among other duties, did Theater Five.
OTRR Certification Information:Series Name: Theater Five
Certification Status: OTRR Certified Accurate
Certification Date: December 11, 2006
Certification Version: Version 1
Number of CDs: 7
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March 2, 2011 Subject:
Too good to be forgotten
This series is too good to be forgotten. The stories are similar in style and quality to the 1951 TV series Tales of Tomorrow, also available here. Though I'm a fan of old time radio, I somehow never heard of this series before.
The performances are gritty, and the stories imaginative and uncluttered with too much background story, leaving much more to the imagination. The effect is stronger than CBS Radio Mystery Theater. Fans of CBSRMT will also discover some familiar voices.
I tried a few single episode downloads at the single episode page, then came here. It was more convenient to to DL the entire series in zipped form.
June 1, 2007 Subject:
Love this series. The OTRRG or Old Time Radio Researchers Group does a great job of getting as "complete as possible" series and includes jpgs, etc. Keep up the GREAT work.